Who is a Candidate for
Corneal Collagen Cross-linking?
This treatment is reserved for patients diagnosed with Keratoconus, a corneal disease that occurs when the normally round-shaped cornea becomes weak and progressively thin, causing a cone-like-bulge to develop. Patients affected by the condition experience reduced visual function with symptoms
worsening as the disease progresses. If left untreated, a corneal transplant may be required. Cross-linking is a safe, effective treatment designed to halt progression of the disease and preserve visual acuity.
It is important to understand that corneal collagen cross-linking is not a refractive vision correction procedure. Most patients can expect to still need glasses and/or contacts to correct their vision following Cross-linking for Keratoconus in Kansas City.
The cornea may continue to change for many months. During this time, many patients require new glasses or contacts to accommodate the changing shape. Future vision correction can be discussed with your surgeon once corneal stabilization has occurred.
The Corneal Collagen
Cross-linking Treatment Process
Though the procedure itself takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
We suggest planning to be at our surgery center for up to 2 hours to allow time for pre and post-operative testing and instructions.
- Step 1
- Step 2
Prep the cornea
- Step 3
Cross-linking for Keratoconus in Kansas City is performed on one eye at a time. Though this is typically 3-6 months apart, it is not uncommon for the timespan to be a year. During this time, a surgeon will closely monitor changes in the corneal shape and vision. After the procedure, this is what to expect.
1 Day – 1 Month: Expect suboptimal vision for the first month following Cross-linking for Keratoconus in Kansas City, during which a contact lens is NOT worn in the surgical eye.
1 – 3 Months: Vision gradually improves back to baseline as corneal remodeling and healing occur; referral for contact lens fitting may occur during this time, or the patient may return to prior contact lens wear.
3 – 12 Months: Stabilization and improvement of corneal shape, with continued exams to monitor for improvements in visual acuity and quality.
1 Year+: Corneal remodeling may continue to occur and stabilization will be followed with exams every 6-12 months
Is Corneal Collagen
right for you?
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Advanced Ocular Analysis
The first and most critical step in determining candidacy for a procedure is to schedule a complimentary Advanced Ocular Analysis, or AOA.
Going above and beyond a traditional LASIK screening, the AOA sets the foundation for exceptional visual outcomes with each patient’s long-term needs in mind.
Examine the health of your eye
When it comes to refractive surgery, a routine eye exam or LASIK screening may ignore details that are critical to your outcomes. For this reason, Durrie Vision developed the AOA. Featuring the most advanced combination of diagnostic testing available today, the AOA uses cutting-edge technologies to provide a three-dimensional visualization and analysis of the entire ocular system.
Recommend a treatment plan
After your exam, we’ll share with you an in-depth analysis of your eyes, taking all the time necessary to explain what the evaluation revealed. You will leave with a comprehensive report of everything we discussed along with any recommendations for treatment, cost, financing, and recovery time.